Muto to join Newcastle

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The 26-year-old global has 20 goals and 10 assists in the Bundesliga for Mainz (8 and 4 respectively last season), and was also a member of Japan's World Cup squad in Russian Federation, featuring in the group match against Poland.

"We have had good and constructive discussions with Newcastle United and we have come to an agreement in principle", Sky Sports quoted Mainz sporting director Rouven Schroder as saying.

The Magpies have agreed a deal to sign Japanese striker Yoshinori Muto from Mainz for a fee of £9.5m, subject to a work permit.

"There are still some key details to clarify, but we are confident that we will soon reach a final transfer decision".

"I believe I'll grow as a player if I put myself in a competitive environment", he said.

Yoshinori Muto: Newcastle agree deal with Mainz for Japan striker

Muto began his career at FC Tokyo, where he played 51 league games and scored 23 goals before joining Bundesliga side Mainz in 2015.

Muto featured once for his country at the World Cup in Russian Federation, starting and playing 82 minutes in the 1-0 group-stage loss to Poland.

Newcastle have stepped up their interest in Rondon following the Serb's proposed transfer to Fulham, which is close to completion, with Mitrovic now in London for a medical.

Mitrovic spent the second half of last season on loan at Fulham - scoring 12 times in 17 Championship appearances as the Cottagers gained promotion to the Premier League via the playoffs.

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